Direct Transfer of Light's Orbital Angular Momentum onto a Nonresonantly Excited Polariton Superfluid

Min Sik Kwon, Byoung Yong Oh, Su-Hyun Gong, Je Hyung Kim, Hang Kyu Kang, Sooseok Kang, Jin Dong Song, Hyoungsoon Choi, Yong Hoon Cho

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Recently, exciton polaritons in a semiconductor microcavity were found to condense into a coherent ground state much like a Bose-Einstein condensate and a superfluid. They have become a unique testbed for generating and manipulating quantum vortices in a driven-dissipative superfluid. Here, we generate an exciton-polariton condensate with a nonresonant Laguerre-Gaussian optical beam and verify the direct transfer of light's orbital angular momentum to an exciton-polariton quantum fluid. Quantized vortices are found in spite of the large energy relaxation involved in nonresonant pumping. We identified phase singularity, density distribution, and energy eigenstates for the vortex states. Our observations confirm that nonresonant optical Laguerre-Gaussian beam can be used to manipulate chirality, topological charge, and stability of the nonequilibrium quantum fluid. These vortices are quite robust, only sensitive to the orbital angular momentum of light and not other parameters such as energy, intensity, size, or shape of the pump beam. Therefore, optical information can be transferred between the photon and exciton-polariton with ease and the technique is potentially useful to form the controllable network of multiple topological charges even in the presence of spectral randomness in a solid state system.

Original languageEnglish
Article number045302
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume122
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Jan 1

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Direct Transfer of Light's Orbital Angular Momentum onto a Nonresonantly Excited Polariton Superfluid. / Kwon, Min Sik; Oh, Byoung Yong; Gong, Su-Hyun; Kim, Je Hyung; Kang, Hang Kyu; Kang, Sooseok; Song, Jin Dong; Choi, Hyoungsoon; Cho, Yong Hoon.

In: Physical Review Letters, Vol. 122, No. 4, 045302, 01.01.2019.

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Kwon, Min Sik ; Oh, Byoung Yong ; Gong, Su-Hyun ; Kim, Je Hyung ; Kang, Hang Kyu ; Kang, Sooseok ; Song, Jin Dong ; Choi, Hyoungsoon ; Cho, Yong Hoon. / Direct Transfer of Light's Orbital Angular Momentum onto a Nonresonantly Excited Polariton Superfluid. In: Physical Review Letters. 2019 ; Vol. 122, No. 4.
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